Summer Photos, Week 3

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Photo #3, Summer Fun

We’re still having fun with photos. I’ll post a photo, and you all give me a caption. Then we’ll pick one of your captions as the winner, and you can receive a book of your choice. I’ve contacted last week’s winner. You all seem to be enjoying this!  At the end of the month, I’ll post all of the photos again with the captions.

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I took this third photo in Shipshewana. I love everything about this photo! What you can’t see is that behind these 4 children were the parents, also on bicycles.

Remember to leave us a caption in the comment section.

Blessings,

V

 

Summer Photos, Week 2

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Photo #2, Summer Fun

For the month of July are having fun with photos. I’ll post a photo, and you all give me a caption. Then we’ll pick one of your captions as the winner, and you can receive a book of your choice. Last week’s winner was Patricia. I had a really hard time choosing. You all did good work! At the end of the month, I’ll post all of the photos again with the captions.

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I took this second photo on one of my visits to Shipshewana. It always brings  a smile to my face when I look at it.

Remember to leave us a caption in the comment section.

Blessings,

V

 

Summer Photos

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Photo #1, Summer Fun

I thought for the month of July we would have some fun with photos. I’ll post a photo, and you all give me a caption. Then we’ll pick one of your captions as the winner, and you can receive a book of your choice. Easy, right? I’ll also post the winner to Facebook and Pinterest.

So here we go. This first photo was taken by Don Burke. He did have permission from the Amish to take it, so no worries there. You can see more of Don’s photos here.

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Remember to leave us a caption in the comment section.

Blessings,

V

 

Beth Shriver Give-away

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photo-40Another Give-away, Author Beth Shriver

Today I’m thrilled to have my friend, Beth Shriver, visit our blog. Beth is an awesome writer, and I know many of you have read and enjoyed her books. Beth has very kindly offered to give away a copy of one of her books. Leave a comment below, and we’ll randomly draw a winner in a week.

Amish Overload by Beth Shriver 

When my agent suggested I write an Amish story a couple of years ago I wondered how exactly one would do that without knowing them. Although, I have always admired photo-39their determination to live a life that is from the past, somewhere between the prairie days and a modern day farm, but there is nothing modern about them. And there are a lot of different groups with different names that mean different things. There’s the Old Order, the New Order, the Progressive Amish and the Beachy Amish, Beachy Mennonite Amish, and Amish Mennonite, Swartentruber Amish, and there’s even more. Whew! Are you confused yet? I was.

I still had no idea how much research there would be for this story. That’s when I discovered how many other people were searching for information about them too. I don’t know when it happened or how, but people are crazy over Amish. The conversion rate is up and tourism is at an all time high. There are Amish documentaries, movies and even a reality show called Amish in the City. You can buy a Whoopie Pie at Starbucks and Shoofly Pie at your local Corner Bakery.

So great, there’s a ton of info out there to do research for my books. But once I got started there was so much, I had to start piecing together what I needed for each story. There is always research when writing a fiction book, no matter what you’re writing about but I’d never had access like this. It’s turned out to be just as much work sorting through the information than trying to dig up info on a less demanding subject.

There’s another problem. The Amish don’t want to be the center of attention, and you can’t take their picture, so there are not many ways to get a first account from the very people I’m writing about. Fortunately, I’ve found an Amish group an hour away so I have some Amish to observe first-hand in case there is something I’ve written that may be questionable or doesn’t depict them in the correct light. I recently attended an Amish wedding which was very different than any I’ve been to or read about, so the informative was important to know before writing a similar scene in one of my stories.

So when people ask me, “How are you going to write all of those books about the Amish?” My reply is, “How am I going to fit all of this information into these books?”

You can connect with Beth here and find her on Facebook here. You can also check out all of her books on Amazon, B&N or CBD. Be sure to leave a comment below, so you’ll be entered in the drawing, and a big thank you to Beth for joining us this week.

Blessings,

V

 

Amish Book & Specials

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Special Prices, Amish Books

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Haven’t the last few weeks been fun? I loved having Lynette Sowell and Kate Lloyd join us. The winners for those two give-aways are–

              • Cathy Carmelle – Lynette’s books
              • Carol Bradford – Kate Lloyd’s books

This week I wanted to share with you a couple of specials. My novella, Where Healing Blooms is now available as an individual ebook at Amazon, B&N and all ebook retailers. This story was my contribution to An Amish Garden. I very much enjoyed writing Emma’s story, the story of a woman who God still has a plan for–in spite of the fact that she feels like she has lived her life.

Amazon and B&N are also running a First in the Series sale. According to my publishers, Falling to Pieces will be $1.99 through the weekend, and A Promise for Miriam will be on sale through next week. If you haven’t tried these books, I hope you will. If you have tried them, please share this post with a friend. And for you folks who only read paper books, I’ll have a special to share with you next week. We’ll also have Beth Shriver visiting us and giving away a book. So be sure to check back!

Blessings,

V

I Am

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Mid-week Inspiration, I Am by David Crowder

Do you ever have a song get STUCK in your head?

We recently sang David Crowder’s “I Am” at our praise service. Oh my. What powerful lyrics. I’ve been singing it for weeks now, and I wanted to share with you.

If you are in the middle of a storm, my prayer is that you are able to “hold on to Him.”

hugs,
V

 

Kate Lloyd Giveaway

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Leaving Lancaster coverLeaving Lancaster coverLeaving Lancaster coverForever Amish front cover-2Kate Lloyd, Forever Amish, and a Giveaway

We’re continuing our book spotlights for June with the lovely author Kate Lloyd. Kate’s publisher has graciously offered to give away a 3 book set to one lucky winner, so leave a comment below and we’ll choose a winner in a week.

My First Visit to Lancaster County

I recall our first view of Amish farms in Lancaster County as my husband aimed our rental car through the valley toward the setting sun. When I was a child, my uncle raised Black Angus on a farm in New York State; I’d always thought his barn the grandest ever. Not true, I realized as my Continue reading

Lynette Sowell Book Giveaway

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A_Season_Of_Change_coverLynette, A Season of Change, and a Giveaway

Today’s guest post is by my friend and fellow writing-buddy, Lynette Sowell. Her book, A Season of Change, released a few weeks ago, and I know you’ll love hearing about it. Lynette has kindly offered to give away a copy, so leave a comment and we’ll choose a winner in one week.

Amish Vacationland, U.S.A. 

In the village of Pinecraft, in Sarasota, Florida, you’ll find many familiar things from “back home” in Amish country. But you’ll see many differences from most settlements. I had the chance to visit and stay in the village in January 2012 and February 2013.

During the winter, Pinecraft’s high season, it is a busy place. The men play smokin’-hot rounds of bocce in Pinecraft Park. Men and women alike play shuffleboard. The youth play volleyball or spend Continue reading